Visitors camping in Waterton Lakes National Park’s campgrounds are in for a treat. Magnificent scenery, wildlife and outdoor adventure are sure to impress even the most well-traveled.
Tucked into Alberta’s SW corner lies a National Park worthy of a visit.
Waterton Lakes National Park treats its visitors to a unique glimpse into the geological wonder that shaped this area, as the glacier carved valley sprawls southeastward onto Alberta’s prairies all within the few kilometres it takes to drive into the park. The blend of prairie grasslands and sprawling foothills quickly become jagged mountain cliffs and offer some of the most remarkable vistas Alberta has to offer.
Recognizing that such splendor cannot be divided by international borders, in 1932 the American and Canadian governments passed legislation that transformed Glacier National Park in the US and Waterton Lakes National Park into an International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. This designation laid the groundwork for international cooperation in the stewardship of the unique landscape of this region.
Waterton Townsite Campground
Located just 8 km from the park entrance, Waterton townsite provides its visitors with an opportunity to shop, eat and drink to their hearts content.
The townsite campground is available by reservations only and is extremely busy during the summer months. With 238 campsites, 95 that are fully serviced, this campground is an ideal location for those wanting to explore the townsite. Washrooms with flush toilets and shower facilities are available, as well as cooking shelters. There are no individual campfires in this campground.
It is highly advisable to call well ahead of time to make reservations. To reserve a campsite, please visit the 24-hour Internet service at www.pccamping.ca or dial toll free in North America 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE) (12 hours/day), TTY: 1-866-787-6221.
With 129 unserviced sites, flush toilets, piped water, kitchen shelters, some fire rings and firewood, food storage, and a dump station, if you want to camp in the wilds of Waterton National Park, away from the hustle and bustle of the townsite, then Crandell campground is for you. All campsites are back-in, and the loops may be tight for some of the larger units.
This is a wonderful area to explore. Crandell lake is a short 2 km hike and wildlife abounds so Parks Canada strictly enforces clean campsite rules.
All of these campsites are available on a first come first served basis.
This year for some added adventure the campground has the added addition of several tipis to camp in. To reserve your stay in one of these new tipis or for more information contact the park 403-859-5133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They looked so nice I think my wife and I will spend a night or two in one when we return this Fall.
Belly River Campground
Located 26 km from the Waterton townsite, the Belly River campground provides 24 basic campsites that are available on a first come first serve basis. There are campsites that can accommodate larger RV’s. No water is available at this campground.
Belly River Group Campground
Located 26 km from the Waterton townsite, the Belly River group campground provides basic camping and is available for groups of 25 or more. Call (403) 859-2224 for more information or reservations.
Waterton Lakes National Park Backcountry Campgrounds
I have yet to stay at the campgrounds located in Waterton’s Backcountry, so stay tuned since I plan to before year end. I visited some of them years ago and while primitive they are on the edge of some remarkable hikes in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
Although this park is located in the far SW corner of the province, it is well worth the drive for a visit.